Mortgage Guidelines On Down Payment On Home Purchases


This BLOG On Mortgage Guidelines On Down Payment Was UPDATED And PUBLISHED On January 5th, 2020

What are the mortgage guidelines regarding down payment for home purchases

With the exception of VA loans, most mortgage loan programs require a down payment.

  • When a borrower applies for a home loan, he or she completes a mortgage application and lists his or her income, liabilities, and assets
  • When a lender underwrites the mortgage loan, he or she will want to see the source of down payment
  • If the down payment is not listed in a checking or savings account or other liquid accounts, the lender will want to know where the source of the down payment will be coming from

In this article, we will cover and discuss Mortgage Guidelines On Down Payment On Home Purchases.

Minimum Down Payment Requirements On Home Purchases

Every loan program has its own down payment requirements.

  • FHA Loans require 3.5% down payment on home purchases for borrowers with credit scores with at least 580
  • Borrowers under 580 scores down to 500 can qualify for FHA Loans but need 10% down payment
  • VA and USDA Loans offers 100% financing so no down payment is required
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac require 3% to 5% down payment on Conventional Loans
  • NON-QM Loans require 10% to 20% down payment
  • Bank statement loans for self-employed borrowers require 20% down payment

Gustan Cho Associates offers 5% down payment NON-QM Jumbo Loans.

Down Payment Needs to be Sourced

Why the advance must be obtained

Undocumented sources of down payment like cash cannot be counted.

  • In the mortgage business, cash does not count
  • Many borrowers think that just because they have cash on hand and not in the bank that they will be able to get a cashier’s check and bring that to closing

Mortgage Guidelines On Down Payment On Un-Sourced Funds Needs

If a mortgage borrower has cash and wants to use that cash towards the down payment.

  • Cash needs to be in the borrower’s bank account and seasoned for at least 60 days in order lender to take it into consideration
  • There are many folks, especially immigrants, who do not trust banks and keep actual cash
  • It is often known as mattress money
  • Others in the service and entertainment industry such as bartenders, waiters, waitresses, and hotel workers often receive a portion of their compensation in cash via tips and often do not deposit those proceeds in a bank
  • With interest rates in savings/checking accounts being almost zero, they feel more secure saving their cash in a safe deposit box or their own personal safe

Unfortunately, those funds cannot be used towards the down payment:

  • This holds true unless it has been seasoned in their bank accounts or investment accounts for a period of 60 days

Mortgage Guidelines On Down Payment Gift Funds

What are the guidelines for mortgage loans for advance gift funds

Down payments can be gifted by family members, however, there must be a paper trail and the funds need to be seasoned for at least 30 days.

  • Gift Funds can only be used for the down payment with a gift letter and 30 days bank statements from donor
  • Mortgage borrowers can have family members gift them the down payment
  • The donor needs to provide the mortgage lender with the last 30 days of bank statement
  • Donor’s bank statements need to show the funds has been seasoned for at least 30 days
  • The withdrawal needs to match the deposit from the donor to the recipient

Borrowers either have undocumented cash or who are expecting on receiving a gift for their down payment on their home purchase should consult a mortgage broker/banker as soon as possible.

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